T-D HS Football

Bishop Guilfoyle pounds Portage


PORTAGE — Bishop Guilfoyle spotted Portage an early lead in Friday’s District 6-A semifinal contest, but Marauder quarterback Brandon Chadbourn responded by igniting his club with several big plays that turned the tide in Guilfoyle’s favor as they took control and pulled away en route to a 42-10 win.
The Marauders (10-2) won their 10th straight and advanced to the district title game for the first time since 1991 thanks to an outstanding all-around performance by Chadbourn and a stout defensive effort that kept Portage’s explosive offense in check.
“Early on this was a battle,” said Guilfoyle head coach Justin Wheeler. “Portage came out and gave us all we could handle, but Brandon is an incredible athlete and he made some plays to give us momentum.”
Chadbourn rushed for a game-high 127 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, while also throwing for another score.
Bishop Guilfoyle limited Portage to just 122 yards on the ground while outgaining the Mustangs 310-204 in total offense.
“Our defense has gotten better each week,” Wheeler said. “We take pride in stopping the run, and our coaches had a great defensive game plan.”
The Mustangs concluded a
9-2 campaign.
“We played the best we could against a very good team,” said Portage head coach Gary Gouse. “I’m proud of our kids, they have nothing to hang their heads about tonight.
“That’s a good team with great athletes, and any mistakes we made, they made us pay.”
Portage struck first on their initial possession as a 25-yard run by Luke Dividock and a Marauder personal foul penalty tacked onto the play gave the Mustangs a first-and-goal at the Guilfoyle 5.
However, a motion penalty and an incompletion helped stall the drive, holding Portage to a field goal attempt. Nick Lutz then split the uprights from 21 yards out for a 3-0 lead.
Chadbourn quickly regained the lead for Bishop Guilfoyle as he sprinted for a 45-yard touchdown on the ensuing series.
After a Mustang punt on the following possession, Chadbourn again broke loose for a 53-yard score in the final minute of the first quarter.
Chadbourn hit Matt Gormley for the conversion to make it
14-3 heading into the second.
A promising opportunity for the Mustangs came up empty midway through the second.
After the Marauders were forced to punt from deep in their own territory.
Caleb Kephart’s 17-yard return gave Portage great field position at the Bishop Guilfoyle 25.
A 9-yard pass from Michael Bryja to C.W. Miller eventually produced a first-and-goal.
A holding penalty again pushed Portage back and the Marauders stopped the Mustangs on downs at the 20.
From there, a 68-yard run by Sam McCloskey set up Chadbourn’s 16-yard touchdown strike to Gormley that put the Marauders up 21-3 at the 3:50 mark. McCloskey finished with 103 yards on the ground, and he came up big on special teams two minutes later as he blocked a Portage punt that teammate Owen Wolf scooped up and took into the end zone from 10 yards out to produce a commanding 27-3 halftime lead.
The Marauders added two more third-quarter scores to effectively seal the outcome as D.J. Kitt returned a punt 48 yards for a touchdown and Nick Little scored on a 2-yard run late in the period.
Kephart plowed in from a yard out for the Mustangs’ lone touchdown of the night with just over seven minutes to play.
The Marauders advance to play either Bishop Carroll or Homer-Center in next week’s District 6-A championship.
Bishop Guilfoyle topped Bishop Carroll 14-7 in Week 6 at Mansion Park.
The Huskies and Wildcats face each other tonight.